The most famous thing about Kalmar must be Kalmar Castle.
The history of this legendary castle goes back 800 years and it has played an important part in the Swedish history. It has been everything from a fortress defending Sweden from Denmark, to a royal palace that the family Vasa rebuilt into a Renaissance palace after European fashion. Today, the castle is open for visitors all year long and is the best preserved Nordic Renaissance castle.
Inside the castle, you can explore everything from astonishing dining rooms to cold and creepy dungeons. There all also a lot of interactive things to do if you bring kids here. I would recommend starting on the first floor which is more of a museum with information about the castle and end your tour on the second floor where they have recreated all the rooms to how they looked back in the 16th century, but that’s up to you! We did the opposite and it was a bit disappointing going from all these great renaissance rooms to small rooms with information text everywhere 😉
Quick facts about Kalmar Castle
Name: Kalmar Slott
Built: During the 12th century
Visitors: 92 000 annually
Entrance fee: Differs a lot between ages and time of the year, but we paid 430 SEK for two grownups and three under the age of 26 years during the off-season at the beginning of April
Location: Kungsgatan 1, Kalmar
Opening hours: Open daily 10 am–4 pm. Longer opening hours during summer
Guided Tours: Possible in both Swedish and English
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